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.9 magnitude earthquake hit japan. there have been more than 125 aftershocks. >> original quake crumbled buildings, triggered a tsunami that carried away everything in its path and tonight, japan is dealing with the threat of a nuclear meltdown. >>> good evening, i'm ken. >> and i'm dana king. japan's nuclear safety commission said a meltdown at a plant affected by the country's massive earthquake is possible. there is a state of emergency because of a cooling system failure at a power plant. everyone in a six mile radius has been ordered to evacuate, though no radiation has been detected. officially since the quake and tsunami, there are 236 declared dead. 625 missing and more than a thousand injured. that doesn't count the 200 to 300 bodies in an area authorities can't get to because of the damage to the roadway. >>> and just a day later, we are getting a broader look at the power of both the earthquake and the tsunami. grace lee gives us a tour of the damage. >> the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in japan rocked its people to the core. the 8.9 magnitude quake gave skyscraper
particles from japan have reached the bay area. they detected it on the student monitors here, i'll tell you if you should be worried coming up. >> live look at golden gate bridge this morning. we've had rain and showers move through. i'm tracking two strong storms that will move through our area in three days. flooding is possible, hail, thunder, maybe power outages. >> road are wet. we've seen a couple of spinouts. >> and libya with frozen airspace after united nations security council votes to put a no-fly zone over the country. >> got some rain out there. possibly slick roads. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. let's talk about that. mike, what is going on? >> we have showers. we talked about showers ahead of the main line. that is exactly what we're dealing with. some of those are stronger and oranges on the radar but seeing some of this tape earned a not be quite as strong. in fact, we had a couple lightning bolts, as it's moving through santa rosa and st. helena, same thing around san rafael heading over 37 around novato and then heading over 37 toward vallejo. then light rain aroun
from japan is diluted into the atmosphere. that no one more than a few miles of the plant is at risk. this afternoon, federal officials said labs advisory center is at this hour actively tracking the plume. they declined to provide details or let me inside today. these pictures are from my most recent visit. the fire, however, is worry. lifting potentially radioactive particles into stronger winds. still, even the much more serious explosive meltdown sickened no one more than 30 miles away. >> it's not the radiation risk, it's an issue. it's really the technology is probably at risk. because of the perception. >> reporter: the perception of risk. i want to show you this website. this is a real time live radiation network recording of radiation levels across the country. you can see the numbers here in the san francisco about 32. the numbers up and down the coast all very low. only until about 130 counts per minute is there any concern. in 53 years, there has never been a single death in the united states from nuclear power accidents. now you should combine that with the fact that 3
>>> the worst earthquake in a century rocks japan. >>> a voluntary evacuation is in place. we'll have more from pacific ca coming up. >> the san francisco police department has closed part of ag the public to stay away from that area. >> and the great grandparents of a bay area man believed they would be reliving an event. >>> welcome, i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. we're following a tsunami. it's moving as fast as a jetliner. a 23-foot tsunami was triggered by that massive 8.9 magnitude quake. a smaller one hit hawaii two hours ago. there's a tsunami warning along the pacific coast, including the bay area where it is expected to hit at 8:08. 300 bodies have been down in the coastal city of san die. 349 are missing. >> this ca trass trophy in japan is having a warning on us in the bay area. a tsunami warning has been issued for the entire area. we have team coverage. we go to sfo where a flight from japan is scheduled to and shortly. first, let's go to ktvu's jade hernandez in pacifica. you have information about the schools. >> reporter: pacifica schools have been shut
noticeable, has yet to be seen. >> japan's east coast, hit with a 23-foot tsunami, shortly after the quake struck. police along the country's northeast coast, report finding the bodies of two to three hundred people, japan railways working to find a missing passenger train. while the government reports the giant wave swept away a ship, carrying about 100 people. >> unfortunately we expect to get more reports like those, 8.9 magnitude quake is japan's worst on record as we say, one of the worst in world history. and rocked cities hundreds of miles from epicenter an spawned dozens and dozens, as we hear it of aftershocks. >> look at one of japan's three nuke we're power plants, that are having some problems right now, the worst in the city of onahana where police ordered evacuations where a fire disabled a cooling system there. no reports of radiation leaking, secretary of state hillary clinton says the u.s. is sending coolant. >> there are fires as well, though, burning across the region with several major explosions, and japanese oil an chemical plants, you are looking at one over the oil
nuclear power plant in japan. we have a live report from japan next. >>> pretty good rain yesterday afternoon evening especially in the north bay. are we about done with this system now? what we can expect in the next couple of days. >>> a majority university is telling its exchange students to get out of japan. it's all ahead on the ktvu morning news. >>> good morning, thank you for joining us it's wednesday march 16th i'm pam cook. >> and i'm dave clark. let's check your weather and traffic. here is steve. >> thank you very much. about an inch to two inches plus in the north bay yesterday. what is left now is a lot of cloud cover. highs today will be cooler. we have upper 50s and low 60s. about another half hour we will have cloudy skies. expect cooler temperatures today and we will talk about the upcoming weekend. here is sal. >>> steve, on the roads it's a little bit wet. as you mixed the south -- as you mentioned the south bay is not getting much rain. it is pretty quiet there. on the sunol grade we have people that is slowing down. let's go back to the desk. >>> thank you. in
>> top story japan. the latest set of libya they have closed airspace to all traffic. >> live from the bay area news station this is the kron 4 morning news. >> i'm just teen it is finally friday march 18th, a big storm system that are we right now let's get the very latest. >> james: we have traffic moving well, it is getting what on the roadways. our assignment manager is saying it wasn't wet when he woke up but now is getting wet. lets take a quick look at the storm trucker for. a lot of rain to our north. the lower sections of it starting to bring in the rain. heavy stuff north of san rosa coming our way, we have a decent selling for san francisco right now. i took the measurement of the rainfall rates, we are in the half inch per hour range. it is tracking in general from the north to the south although there is the west-east slant to it. keep track of that and we will let you know how and tetzel's ranch chores are. the peninsula also seen light grain right now. we are seeing a flood watch now in affect for solano county. this flood watch is in effect until sunday night, frida
>> also this morning, an explosion releasing dangerous levels of radiation in japan. >> new report being released accuses top officials of the huge public employee pension fund of corruption. they illegally spent $180 million of the pension's money. a little rain and more on the way. we'll tell you about that coming up. >> let's talk about that. i'm kristen sze. hello. it could be a little damp coming and going today. >> yeah, both ways. >> absolutely. we've got moist flow right now. mild temperatures when you step outside. that is leading to showers, live doppler, best around marin county. everybody covered in at least radar returns this morning. so the north bay getting the lighter rain. we're talking about couple hundredths of an inch but enough to make everything wet. we do have radar returns around san ramon, danville, heading to palo alto over towards milpitas. big picture will show all this is coming ashore and more up to the north with a cold front that will be pushed our way. this is just the beginning. here is frances. >> we are starting off with a live shot in the north
. >>> time now 6:01. how the bart crews work nonstop after a train derailed in concord. >>> japan's earthquake becomes even more terrifying with reports of a new explosion at a power plant. >>> things are getting back to normal for bart riders in the east bay. we'll have the latest from the station where a train derailed yesterday. >>> in santa cruz the tremendous task of pulling up more than a dozen folks from under water. >>> the situation in japan continues to grow tire with word of a possible third explosion at a nuclear power plant. it's all ahead on the ktvu morning news. >>> well good morning, to you welcome to monday march 14th i'm dave clark. >> and i'm claudine wong. let's start off with a quick look at your weather and traffic. >> good morning. we do have cloudage skies -- cloudy skies and rain. parts of the south bay and peninsula. highs will be in the mid to upper 60s. watch some of this rain starting to increase. if you are stepping out see that line forming from clayton to dan vail. here is an update on your traffic from sal. >>> the toll plaza we are getting a litt
of japan, and near san that japan's. dozens of cities and villages along the 1,300 mi. were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as tokyo. hundreds of miles away from the epicenter. the longest quake in japan's history. here is a video out of japan. the impact on the buildings, all the debris and fires that were sparked here by this request. this was the scene in downtown tokyo. scary stuff. the seed was repeated in a handful of other cities. more video to show you this morning of the capital. workers rushed out of the buildings in search of stable ground. you can see the panic. crowds gathered in the streets trying to reach relatives on cell phones. you can see the damage. this was cnn's bureau in tokyo. the tapes, and desks, shelves everything come down. everyone getting outside because they didn't know what was coming next. eight people have died, that was the earliest report. we are getting and the other reports say death toll has risen to 40. that number will likely rise through the day keeping an eye on that. the impact is we have a tsunami warning issued for th
six >> mark: a.m., the latest out of japan forcing japan's workers to evacuate the power plant. the steps being taken to get them back in. >> darya: travelers are anxious to get out of japan amid fears of reactioradiation contaminati >> mark: the new killer crisis in japan is our top story at 6:00 a.m. >> darya: we are going attack the latest in japan in just one minute. >> mark: first and early check gone bay area weather. >> james: those rainshowers seem to be pushing off at this point. we are not seeing a lot in the area of rain. 680 north of martinez looks like it may be getting rain. walnut creek expecting showers momentarily. otherwise they will taper off, but it won't last long. more heavier rain said it not for friday much more coming up in a bit. >> erica: crosstown freeways no problems here, but i might have bought spot for the moral saw a tall you wear street dead. >> mark: the team that has been working to prevent a meltdown in the new fuel plant is getting ready to go back into the plant to try and cool the reactor spirit they were evacuated today. more smoke is ri
in japan where it morning now and smoke is still billowing from a damaged nuclear power plant. workers have been trying everything to cool reactors there. but at this point, they're not even sure if their methods are working. the plan now to use fire trucks to spray even more water on that plant. president obama is assuring americans, meanwhile, that harmful doses of radiation will not make it to the united states. here in the bay area, air quality leaders are monitoring radiation levels, and so far everything is normal. but some people aren't taking chances. many getting out. nbc bay area's george kiriyama who is first bay area reporter on the scene there in japan when the disaster unfolded, well, tonight he's back and he's sharing his experience with us coming up in just moments. >> now george left japan because of concerns over radiation but it seems those concerns have followed him stateside. many people in the bay area are wondering, just what risk do we face? >> well, tracking that impact of the radiation from japan. one dispersion model. that's actually the name. shows slightly eleva
after the whole disaster in japan and the whole tsunami warning and now there is a tornado warning. >> reporter: most people we talk with said high winds shook their homes. they also reported seeing hail. the tornado warning was lifted about a half-hour after it was issued. the san mateo county sheriff's office said they received no reports of damage or injuries. i did talk to one woman who was flying into sfo right around the same time of the tornado warning, and she said she had a very, very bumpy ride. reporting live in bell monday. nbc bay area news. >> thank you. when's ahead for this weekend? we'll check in with jeff ranieri in moments. >>> another major development in japan today. >> japanese leaders raised the crisis level to a level 5. that's on par with the 1979 three mile island core meltdown that happened in pennsylvania in the united states. japan's prime minister now, naoto kan urged citizens to unite against the country's worst crisis. he did that today in a televised address to the nation. this after the crisis level was raised to five on the international scale of
japan after that country's largest earthquake in its history. officially the death toll is 40 and is expected to rise considerably. people were killed by the quake and also the tidal waves of water that slammed ashore. we do have word at this hour that all u.s. servicemembers at the u.s. base in in okinawa have been accounted for. the quake hit at 9:46 p.m. last night our time. it was centered off the japanese coast. charlie d'agata continues our coverage. >> it looks like the tsunami has engulfed several cities. >> reporter: a wall of water raced across farmland in northeastern japan sweeping cars and even buildings aside. a massive 8.9 earthquake off the coast triggered a 30-foot tsunami that washed away everything in its path. a tsunami warning has been issued throughout most of the pacific ocean including the entire west coast of the united states, hawaii, alaska and canada. cars bobbed in the water in the port cities. people raced to higher ground. the quake sparked fires that burned-out of control up and down the coast and at one oil refinery east of tokyo. a government
>> darya: 70 a.m. top story the latest out of japan as the death toll climbs after the earthquake and tsunami that hit friday. >> mark: worries grow over possible melt down of japan's power plant. >> darya: the first full day of trading after the quake. japan's money takes a dive. >> mark: we are live in santa cruz, the latest in the cleanup after is in the harbor. kron 4 news at 7:00 a.m. start to melt. cal. >> darya: thanks for waking up march 11th, 2011. sorry it's march 14th. >> mark: across the pacific and the latest out of japan following the earthquake and tsunami. officials say 1000 bodies have washed up along the coast line as you see this anomaly that head. the death toll 2800, officials say it will likely to rise above the 10,000. millions of survivors are facing a third night without food, water, heating. a power plant to 150 mi. north of tokyo. fuel rods were temporarily exposed. in net unprecedented move they are channeling seawater into the reactor 11 workers were injured in the latest explosion >> darya: you have seen the water, we have video coming out of one of t
>>> good morning, tsunami warnings blanket the pacific and the death toll is climbing in japan after that devastating 8.9 earthquake and tsunami. we received this video moments ago. >>> a voluntary evacuation is in place. that is according to san mateo county office emergency management. we have a live report along the coast in pacifica. >>> good morning, to you welcome to friday it's march 11th i'm dave clark. >> and i'm pam cook. we want to go to our top story. the quake and tsunami in japan. it's effecting direct impact on the bay area this morning. emergency crews are now shutting down some bay area beaches and roads and up and down the coast of california. ktvu jade hernandez is in pacifica this morning with what is going on there. good morning, jade. >> reporter: good morning, we are at a pier in pacifica. we have been monitoring the water this morning. i spoke with someone art the san mateo office. a voluntary evacuation order is in place. that is west of highway one mainly because of the beaches there. also the voluntary evacuation order is in place for lind mar and hal
. >> alan: now on to japan where the nation is facing humanitarian and nuclear emergencies. the estimated death toll climbed to 10,000. more video was made available today on the tsunami. >> alan: the newsroom with more. >> reporter: japan's prime minister said this is their worst crisis since world war ii. they have dedoubled the numbers of soldiers deployed to help out to 8,000. >> i don't know what's what's -- what's going on. >> crews are dumping seawater into two reactors in a last-ditch effort to avoid a meltdown. officials warped of -- warned of a second exploasmghts health department is having screenings. 22 people tested positive for radiation exposure. those exposed are asked to shower and place the clothes and shoes in plastic bag. the authorities say the exposure levels pose no long-term risk to health. one survivor said he was in water. >> i felt i was dying. i was pushed into the water. but my thoughts of my family, i decided to make every effort to survive. >> reporter: nearly all the houses and buildings in the area were swept away by the waves. in this town, local officia
, the death toll continues to rise in japan. right now it stands at nearly 3800. officials say it could top 10,000. people have been evacuated and those within 20 miles are being told to remain indoors. >>> ktvu's jana is in tokyo where it is now 10:00 a.m. on wednesday morning. she joins us live now via skype with the latest on what's happening. >> reporter: julie and frank, woke up this morning, it's about 10:00 a.m. and the big headline is the radiation. a lot of concerns just four hours ago that there was a fire at the fukushima plant. a worker apparently was going by and saw smoke coming out of that. it looks like it's contained, but a lot of concern. we do have video of an area that has had quite a bit of problems and one thing we're hearing is that there's going to be a cold blast that will come over the country today, possibly bringing snow to that area. you can just imagine how much more difficult that will make relief efforts and not only for the earthquake evacwees, but now you mention coming from the fukushima radiation danger zone. one thing i have to point out, there are workers
this morning. as a crisis in japan intensifies. japan's stock average down more than 1000 points. today was the third worst one day plunge in their history. >> mark: 40 $4 million donation to japan. they stopped production in the area. we went to toyota dealership to see how it is impacting business. >> reporter: it may have it economic impact on the dealers in the states. for manufacturing plants have been shut down following the disaster. sales managers based shutting down the plants means stopping the production of vehicles exclusively produced in japan like one of their best sellers, upper yes. they say it will impact on oil sales here. kron 4 news. >> mark: as we go to break one of the stories we're following alive look from arlington va., the final living servicemen to serve in world war one is being honored. the 110 year-old veteran passed away in his west virginia home last month. president barack obama has ordered flags to be lowered to half staff. ♪ that airline is gonna nail that frequent flyer with restrictions when he tries to use his miles. ♪ that's a lot of red tape!
at conditions for you this morning. >>> overnight the nuclear crisis in japan grows more critical. what is being done right now to prevent disaster. >>> and a major announcement on the beta breakers about the future of the race. it's all ahead on the ktvu morning news. >>> and good morning, thank you for waking up with us it's friday, march 18th i'm pam cook. pretty rainy overnight. is there a storm heading our way? let's check in with steve paulson. >> we do have the leading edge of a system beginning to move in. there are bursts of moderate rain but it will pick up. right now i want to give you a look at the system. we will have moderate rain. real quick let's put this in motion. there are area where is the rain is starting to pick up a little bit especially toward san francisco and the san mateo coast marin county. for an up state of what's going on and conditions on the wind it's claudine wong. >> reporter: good morning, steve. we are over here at four point in san francisco because we know the high surf advisory is coming here today. they are crashing here this morning. sometimes it felt li
but all over the country but people -- because people had seen what happened in japan. they knew the result of that kind of earthquake could create a tsunami so they were getting calls to get away from the coast and get to higher ground and safety. reporting live from in half moon bay, back to you. >>> it's just after 10:00 saturday morning in japan. emergency teams are working to get a handle on the scale of the destruction brought on by this massive quake and the resulting tsunami. hundreds, if not thousands of people, are dead. hundreds of people are still missing. as they survey this damage, fires are burning up and down a 1300-mile stretch of the coastline. the massive tsunami swallowed entire villages on japan's northeast coast and left others burning through the night. the 23-foot wave triggered by the largest earthquake ever recorded in japan, swept away cars, boats and buildings. in one coastal town alone, 1800 houses were destroyed or badly damaged. police in sendai have already counted 300 bodies. hundreds more are missing. the 8.9 magnitude quake centered about 240 mi
in the u.s. >>> and more than 10,000 people are feared dead from the earthquake and tsunami in japan. more than 1800 are confirmed dead. more than 1400 are still missing. large areas of the countryside are still surrounded by water and mud. >>> one local effect the damaged santa cruz harbor that will stay closed until next weekend. 18 boats sank and 100 others were damaged when the waves came in after the 8.9 quake in japan. so far two sunken vessels have been recovered and this morning crews are evaluating the damaged and prioritizing boat recovery efforts based on the risk of pollution. the coast guard is enforcing a safety zone meaning boats cannot travel through it. but owners do have access now to their vessels. >>> it is 5:04. let's check weather and traffic. first julie watts. >> good morning. scattered showers out the door this morning. fog along the coast. so be mindful of that and across some bridges. very light scattered showers lingering throughout the morning hours. a closer look. light rainfall from the west to the east. as we move to the second half of the day we'll start t
>> darya: top story billet latest of japan the death toll continues to rise. >> mark: worries growing over possible meltdown at a new killer power plant. it tried to pull our runs. >> darya: japan's nikkei takes a dive. >> mark: the latest is that a cruise with the cleanup from friday tsunami. >> darya: thank you for waking up with the kron 4 morning news. >> mark: we begin with the latest from japan's following the earthquake and devastating sonometer 1000 bodies have washed off on short in the me on me on the shores. officials are saying more than 10,000 people are estimated to have died. millions of survivors are facing a fourth night without food, water, heating in near freezing temperatures. more trouble a nonnuclear power plant. the fuel round rods or temporary exposed and they're using a measure of using sea water to try and cool the reactor. 11 workers were injured in a hydrogen explosion at one of the reactors. there was a similar explosion saturday. they say small amounts of radioactive material have been released. >> darya: we have more destruction here and what hap
a live update from charlie d'agata in japan in a couple of minutes. >>> you might be surprised where the biggest threat from a tsunami is here in the bay area. christin ayers is in oakland, where a big wave could mean some very big problems. >>> reporter: good morning. scientists tell the "contra costa times" that the biggest tsunami threat could come if there was a massive earthquake 9.0 or larger in southern alaska sending a huge wave that could flood the port of oakland in four or five hours. if we look at the maps that scientists have developed here, it shows you just why oakland and alameda are most susceptible to that kind of flooding. they are geographically situated at the end of the golden gate strait and could bear the brunt of a big wave like that. they say up to 165 structures in that area would be threatened. now, of course, we saw some of the devastating effects that a relatively minor tsunami had on santa cruz harbor. experts tell the "contra costa times" that area would actually be spared and really any other areas south of santa clara county, they would likely miss a
their efforts to try to cool nuclear reactors. >> ominous developments from japan tonight. within the past few hours, officials suspended efforts after a spike made it too dangerous for workers. they had to withdraw because of radiation. government officials say 70% of the fuel rods may have been damaged. they also said another fire broke out today at one of the reactors and radiation levels were high enough to cause severe radiation sickness. 3300 are confirmed dead. up to 450,000 are in temporary shelters. in the villages and towns where the tsunami hit, rescue workers are still looking for survivers. for miles and miles, there is debris and little is identifiable. fuel and water are in short supply. many are waiting in long lines to buy whatever they can. this line stretched for a half mile. it's the japanese way to remain calm, patient, and polite. >> jana is live in tokyo, and joins us via skype. what are you hearing in tokyo. >> reporter: it certainly is unsettling. in the past hour, it was 12:52. we had another aftershock. the hotel started swaying back and forth. i know understand, it
continues for the shooter. things keep getting worse for people in japan after that massive earthquake in this tsunami, at the big danger now is radiation. a big day for california teachers to learn if they lose their jobs, we will tell you how those cuts will affect schools and the bay. >> louisa: here is a look at your 7 day around the bay. every day this week we have a chance of showers, i will let you know when you're expecting the most rain. >> erica: tuesday morning commute, no problems to report, complete check and your bridges coming up. >> james: developing story at this are five people had been injured in a shooting in san francisco. it happened after 11:00 p.m. on 16th and caledonia. one victim suffered life- threatening injuries, four victims on life- threatening, all five transported to hospital. the shooting could be gang- related but no suspects or motive has not been identified. keebler ceiling themselves indoors to protect themselves in dangerous levels of radiation. there have been three reactors portion near where they live. a japanese nuclear safety officials as the
to try to cool nuclear reactors. >> ominous developments from japan tonight. within the past few hours, officials suspended efforts after a spike made it too dangerous for workers. they had to withdraw because of radiation. government officials say 70% of the fuel rods may have been damaged. they also said another fire broke out today at one of the reactors and radiation levels were high enough to cause severe radiation sickness. 3300 are confirmed dead. up to 450,000 are in temporary shelters. in the villages and towns where the tsunami hit, rescue workers are still looking for survivers. for miles and miles, there is debris and little is identifiable. fuel and water are in short supply. many are waiting in long lines to buy whatever they can. this line stretched for a half mile. it's the japanese way to remain calm, patient, and polite. >> jana is live in tokyo, and joins us via skype. what are you hearing in tokyo. >> reporter: it certainly is unsettling. in the past hour, it was 12:52. we had another aftershock. the hotel started swaying back and forth. i know understand, it was ab
, japan's prime minister is calling it the worst crisis since world war two as rescue workers search for survivors from the earthquake and tsunami that hit japan. officials what red cross to the magnitude of the damage is not known, 2000 people >> reporter: justice said japan and other very dark, cold night. there follows what was an extremely difficult day for survivors, rescuers and the country as a whole. but days after the largest earthquake on record life is anything but normal. some headed back to work but were left stranded due to pirated, and downed trees. news from the disaster continues to be grim. reports of 2000 bodies discovered off the coast. >> 65 years after the end of war were to this is the tempest, most difficult crisis for japan. >> reporter: the destruction is a one- dimensional. insensate 80 mi. from the epicenter loads of homes of latin, reduce stress. lives, strewn about. on the ground, from the air surest and rescue teams look for survivors they find few miracles. washed away by the tsunami this woman house of to retreat, a floor mat for hours until hall ar
17th. >>> in japan, crews are finishing laying a new cable. it will supply more reliable electricity needed to keep the reactors cool at an earthquake- damaged nuclear plant. restoring electricity to the plant is the best way to avoid a meltdown. nuclears have been overheating since the tsunami knocked out the cooling systems and also destroy thed the -- destroyed the generator. crews were flying missions about 40 minutes each to limit their radiation exposure from the helicopters. >>> meanwhile, the united states has authorized the first evacuations of americans. the state department says chartered planes will be brought in to help private american citizens wishing to leave japan. >>> u.s. citizens are also being urged to defer all nonessential travel to any part of that country because unpredictable wind conditions could spread radioactive contamination. and the u.s. is still telling americans living -- living within 50 miles of the damaged plant to leave the area or at least remain indoors while the japanese government is limiting its warning to people living within 12 miles of th
deer a i'm heather holmes. >>> four days have now passed since the great earthquake in japan and the crisis there appears to be getting worse by the hour. japan's prime minister kan says radiation is escaping and posing a health threat. this is a high risk of nuclear power plant explosions. the official death toll from the quake and tsunami is more than 2400 but it is still expected to climb much higher. the geological survey recalculated it and now puts the magnitude at 9 up from an 8.9. >>> threw new problems at the football game machinery a die eachy nuclear plant. it is in one of the hardest hit areas and today there was an explosion at the number 2 reactor. japanese officials say the containment structure had been damaged to what tent is not clear. and a fire probing out at the number 4 reactor but it was extinguished, they asked a nuclearening here in the bay area about the possibility of a complete meltdown. >> we don't know how much of the core is destroyed, so until we know that or up til there's some evidence of more serious events, it's contained. >> japan's prime
and running. >> thousands of people are evacuated from neighborhoods around a nuclear power plant in japan after an explosion there. engineers are trying to stop nuclear meltdowns from the earthquake in tsunami. >> prompting santa clara county to launch a new notification system for cellphones. >> here's a live look at a foggy bay bridge this morning. we have lingering moisture that's going to create more fog during the morning and -- golden gate bridge, i'm sorry -- live doppler 7 hd to see where the rain is right now and where it's going. >> mike, also a fog advisory, that issued by the chp with bart back on time. >> frances, thank you very much. thank you for joining us on this monday morning. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. all waking up a little foggy this morning. you might be, too. it is 5:10, not 4:01. >> that's kristen sze. let's get to the news this morning. good news there for east bay bart riders. the concord station reopened an hour ago after crews worked through the night to clean up damage from a derailment yesterday. two thompson is live at concord bart. sue? >> good m
devastated the coast especially in northeastern japan. now the waves are crossing the pacific with a tsunami warning posted for our coast this morning 8:00 here in the bay area, crescent city around 7:30. waves could start hitting the bay area as early as 7:00. so time to watch. >> let's go to gianna franco who is monitoring the roads including the great highway closure that we just told you about. >> good morning. of course, we are keeping a close eye on all the coastal areas. they have issued a closure as a precaution for the great highway. it is shut down between lincoln and sloat. so avoid that area if you can. they are saying it's going to be closed for most of the morning probably into the midday hours, as well. so then great highway is shut down between lincoln and sloat. also we are keeping a close eye on the pacifica area, highway 1. linda mar boulevard, crespie for folks who are told to evacuate in that area. right now i just spoke to someone in pacifica and seems like things are okay. there are a lot more people on the roads obviously. but no problems to report righ
check on your commute coming up. >> will: the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami in japan, we're told the 180 emergency workers there were evacuated from the new killer plant are getting ready to return to work. they ordered the workers to leave because of dangerous levels of radiation. they're desperately trying to prevent a meltdown following three explosions and fire. helicopters are preparing to: down there are concerns that may not work. radiation levels have gone down. radiation levels where about 300 times the normal level. it can be and healthy if your proposed tariff for a long time. all little radiation was detected in tokyo. nuclear scientists all over brooklyn close attention to its going on in japan that includes the uc- berkeley engineering department. >> reporter: funicular engineering department in addition to monitoring the new killer crisis in japan will also begin measuring radiation levels in the bay area. but there's still a trend the cool down japan's new killer reactors by this weekend with the great concern. >> will: people are trying to flee the c
of the week? >>> and japan continues to try to prevent a radioactive catastrophe. among all the bad news a miraculous rescue overnight. it's all ahead here on the ktvu morning news. >>> good morning to you. welcome to tuesday. it's march 15th. i'm dave clark. >> good morning. i'm pam cook. let's get to the weather. quite a bit of rain coming our way. >>> north bay no doubt about it. rain beginning to move in. looks like some rates are moving in. highs upper 50s and low 60s especially towards the north bay where most of this system will interact. you can see right there already starting to slice through heading through the east bay and back towards san francisco. just off the san mateo coast light rain beginning to move in. here's an update on traffic with sal. >>> highway 4 to 242 you can see traffic is pretty -- i wouldn't call it light but it's not stop and go. that's the good part. so far 680 traffic looks good heading south benicia bridge. also 880 in front of the coliseum so far looks good in both directions. 6:01. back to the desk. >>> thank you. japan's prime minister went on tv t
: scouring the rubble in japan, the recovery of bodies continues. the death toll climbs. and the threat of more danger looms. the fukushima dai-ichi power plant is unstable with another explosion and fire tuesday, leading to unhealthy levels of increased radiation, which later decreased. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 20-kilometer radius from the number one plant. we would like to ask you to remain indoors at home or in your offices. >> reporter: and a 30-kilometer radius no-fly zone is now in effect over the plant. some 800 workers evacuated. only 50 remain to carry out essential work. for survivors of the deadly quake and tsunami, raw emotion surfaced as reunions and search for loved ones continue. >> it feels like the end of the world. and i have seen the look on people's faces right after an experience like this, and they are just in deep, deep shock. >> reporter: this american english teacher in japan was finally able to communicate with his parents in the states. this is how he describes living in the aftermath of the devastation. >> the damage is just -- it's cra
>>> in japan helicopters are still dumping sea water on an earthquake damaged nuclear plant. the other efforts underway to prevent a meltdown. >>> a big chunk of highway 1 has collapsed and tumbled towards the pacific ocean. what crews are saying about how long it will be closed. >> reporter: the waves at mavericks have taken another life this morning. new details about the frantic efforts to pull the surfer from the water. >>> good morning to you. welcome to thursday. it's march 17th. it's st. patrick's day. i'm dave clark. >> good morning. i'm pam cook. thank you for joining us. let's check in with steve paulson. how does the weather look today? >>> good morning, pamela, dave, clear skies. patch or two of fog, some clouds to the north but over us right now clear and cold. 30s showing up. something we haven't seen for a while. sunshine for a while and then partly cloudy skies. if you're northward there are a few showers starting to move through. we'll talk about that plus a big change in our weather for friday. now sal with an update on traffic. >>> steve, right now on west
from the epicenter. it threatens to get much worse. japan has declared states of emergency for five nuclear reactors. without power they simply cannot cool one plant there. radiation levels there have jumped 1000 times normal and pressure is rising in that reactor. thousands of residents have been evacuated as workers struggle to get the reactor under control to prevent a meltdown. some experts are calling it a greater threat than chernobyl. japan reporting 1000 people are dead. tens of thousands of people don't have a place to live tonight. and it is way too soon to put a dollar figure on this damage. early estimates are that the quake and tsunami has caused tens of billions of dollars in damage. here in california the tsunami warning has expired but an advisory is still in effect. tonight governor brown has declared a state of emergency for the four counties hit hardest by the tsunami including san mateo and santa cruz counts. docks destroyed, boats tossed around like tows. in crescent city a man was swept out to sea while taking pictures of the waves. >> it came from nearly 5000
francisco. frances just getting the latest. she'll have clarification on that. in japan this morning, an official at a troubled nuclear reactor has been fully exposed raising new risks of a meltdown. 11 workers were injured there. the other two reactors at the plant are already facing a meltdown and authorities are racing to cool them with seawater. hours after the blast the u.s. 7th fleet said it was moving its ship and aircraft away from the area after discovering low-level radioactive contamination. there are 2800 people confirmed dead after another 1,000 bodies washed up along the coastline. the final death toll could top 10,000. rescue crews are continuing to look for survivors. here's greg black with the latest. >> plumes of thick white smoke over the nuclear power plant monday. the blast is the second at that facility since saturday. radiation levels outside the plants remain elevated. the japanese government says the radiation released in the blast does not pose immediate safety or health risks. >> people there aren't so sure. >> just want to know what's going on. i'm scared.
. this morning, the japan prime minister is calling for help with rebuilding the company. charlie d'agata reports. >> reporter: moments ago the prime minister said the government is sharing all the information it has about the crisis at the nuclear power plant. people were evacuated from the region around the nuclear power plant and many feel they may never get back home. >>> reporter: fire trucks resumed blasting water onto japan's crippled nuclear power plant as crews raced to restore power to the facility. as early as today, they hoped to feed electricity to at least two of the six overheated reactors and get crucial water pumps working again. >> if the cooling systems in the reactors and fuel ponds are basically sound and then the power comes on, then we might look at that moment as the beginning of the end of this crisis. >> reporter: but even if the power starts back up, it's not clear the water pumps will. they may have already suffered too much damage. there are also fears that getting power back online could spark another explosion. smoke billowed again from one reactor today. water in t
are anxious to get out of japan amid fears of radiation exposure from those damage plant spirit >> mark: bay area what they are saying about radiation making it to our shores. >> james: we are watching the weather storm trucker for showing you light shower activity primarily in the south bay. a closer look at that and one to expect the next big storm. >> erica: alive look 101 those taillights toward santa clara traffic is moving well here but i have a fresh hot spot to tell you about straight ahead. >> darya: good morning and thank you for watching the kron 4 morning news at 7:00 a.m.. >> mark: the latest developments coming out of japan. new video of the reactors after a series of explosions and fires. the team that has been looking on the reactor continuing their work this morning. we are showing you the latest this morning. more smoke rising from the plant this morning. they had no choice to pull back when radiation levels were too high. one of the containment buildings is leaking radiation material into the air. the plant sustained at least two fires in four explosions. they are pumping
>>> a magnitude 8.9 earthquake delivers a one-two punch to japan. first the tremendous shaking that a huge tsunami -- you see the effect, the impact right there. cars being washed away. now, the tsunami is just minutes away from hitting hawaii as well. there are now voluntary evacuations along the san mateo county coast because the west coast of the u.s. is also under a tsunami warning. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. well, that's our news. in just a few minutes, a tsunami is set to hit hawaii triggered by that deadly massive 8.9 massive earthquake in japan. jenelle joins us with the very latest. >> kristen, this is the largest earthquake ever recorded in japan's history and one of the largest earthquakes in the history of the world. 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit friday afternoon local time. we want to show you some video because this is the aftermath, this giant tsunami just sweeping over parts of japan wiping out entire towns, cars, rice patties. taking out roads. it's just devastating. the most devastation is hitting in the northern part of japan. that's where the epicen
, elizabeth. thank you very much. it's 6:00 on a tuesday. >>> the warning zone around japan's fukushima nuclear power plant is getting wider. that plant is now leaking radioactivity into the air. the warning zone is expanded to include everyone within 19 miles of that plant. the fire at the plant is now out. it was burning in a cooling pond. that respond now believed to be boiling. japan is asking for help from the united states as it tries to avoid a meltdown. >> in particular, they have asked for additional types of equipment that will help provide water and other resources to ensure the reactors continue to be cool. >> low levels of radiation have been detected as far as away as tokyo 150 miles to the south. but there is some good news. an amazing story of survival. a 70-year-old woman who was rescued from her home today. it had been swept away by friday's tsunami. the woman was conscious, but suffering from hypothermia and is being treated now at a hospital. but she should be okay. we have seen images of the moment the earthquake struck in japan, roads buckled, buildings cracked, pe
>>> good morning, overnight japan increased the severity of the nuclear accident. all of this as the death toll reaches staggering numbers. >>> we are live in berkeley where radiation detectors are noticing small parts of radiation. >>> old man winter doesn't want to let go. >>> we are getting a little bit of a break in a rain. as steve mentioned we have the wet weather, we have the high surf, we have the winter weather advisory on the way. we'll give you a live look at conditions. coming up. >>> good morning, thank you for waking up with us it's friday march 18th i'm pam cook. >> it's friday i'm dave clark. let's check weather and traffic. here is steve. >>> thank you very much. it's windy. there have been pockets of moderate to heavy rain. some of the cells coming over and waiting for this ban to come by. there has been pretty heavy rainiest specially down toward marin county. look at it right there. also wind and rain but for other areas we are seeing a break but there is pretty good rain on the peninsula. let's go down there on the line that stretches from half-moo
traffic is going to be okay still. 5:00 let's go back to the desk. >>> today japan increased the alert of its nuclear crisis from a level four to a level five on a scale of seven. that level five puts the japanese nuclear incident at the same level of the 1979 five mile disaster. fire trucks are spraying water on over heated nuclear reactors. they are still trying to prevent a meltdown and they are trying to install a new power line to that plant hoping to get the cooling systems working again. >>> the radio active plume from japan is expected to pass over southern california sometime today. but health experts say there is no cause for concern. ktvu channel 2 reporter jade hernandez is over at uc berkeley again this morning. one of the places they will be monitoring the radiation levels today. >> reporter: good morning they all say the same thing. harmful levels of radiation aren't expected to descend on the bay area. this is a computer generated model that somehows the -- that shows the area of the plume making its way over from japan. the epa does not expect harmful levels of radiati
. the great highway is closed. a massive devastating 8.9 earthquake hitting japan the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded. it is headed towards the west coast. >> louisa: seen waves in hawaii, there's a tsunami warning for the entire state of hawaii. rtc and waves up to 7 ft.. we are expected to see continue to see those waves increase. the big island could actually get waves up to about 10 ft.. this map shows you where they could reach. dark shade of red indicating 10 ft. waves. rain now japan has already seen 98 quakes. we're talking about those aftershocks, as well. this happened raid on the zone between north american in the pacific plate. will continue to watch those aftershocks. golden gate bridge, we're watching waves here in our area as well. wave heights are expected to peak just after 8:00, the good news is this is low tide. that does keep those waves down slightly. those waves continue to push down to santa barbara. here's a look at some of those fights, expecting them to get out part of 04 feet up into arena cove. more than 2 ft. waves through. rave. pacifica 2.8, 3 ft. half moo
yesterday in japan when that huge 8.9 magnitude quake, a thousand times more powerful than the last one we had. we got new news on the number of people killed in the tsunami that followed the quake. jenelle wang has been monitoring all the latest news feeds and wires. >> it's devastating, eric. we're just getting this in. police in japan say two hundred to three hundred bodies have been found in northeastern japan closest to the epicenter where that quake hit friday local time. this followed massive walls of waves, muddy water just wiping out towns, fields. you can see carrying dozens of homes, fires erupting, cars swept off the roadway. it's just a disaster in japan. this is near sendie. that's about 200 miles northeast of tokyo. they have shut down the airport completely. if you're planning to travel there, probably not gonna happen. u.s. actually encouraging americans to cancel all non-essential travel to japan. we hear they just reviewed some train service because tens of thousands in tokyo are trapped right now. but the major destruction is from the tsunami that wiped away many of the
japanese ring of safety, which is only about 19 miles. charlie d'agata joins us from japan with the latest on efforts to prevent a nuclear disaster. >> reporter: we are on the way to the quake zone. the japanese military has taken over the highways for humanitarian assistance. we have had to cut through the mountains, where as you can see, it's snowing. we are trying to get as close as we can while obviously avoiding the stricken nuclear plant. military helicopters launched an all-out water assault on japan's crippled nuclear power plant in a desperate attempt to buy more time. crews are racing to finish a new power line that could restore crucial water pumps. the best option many experts say to cool dangerously hot reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. >> we believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures. >> reporter: the biggest worry is reactor 4. wednesday, u.s. officials warn the unit no longer has water in its spent fuel pools, meaning the fuel rods are completely exposed, with nothing to preven
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